Sport and physical activity, in all its forms, is an important piece of the jigsaw in a whole system approach to active lives and addressing inequalities.

Sport and physical activity offers people, communities and society immense value whether that's as an individual or group; inside or out; an elite athlete or a community participant; solo or mass participation events; spectator or volunteer. It offers health, physical and mental wellbeing benefits, confidence, joy, fun, achievement, connection, and a sense of belonging. It builds community cohesion and identity, and provides opportunities to get involved within the legacy of mass participation events. It is a powerful economic driver, providing employment and skills to individuals and economic value to communities, towns and cities.

We will keep growing the Greater Manchester (GM) Moving movement through sport and physical activity. We’ll do this by providing spaces for people and leaders to make connections and strengthen existing ones, to build relationships and create change together, as part of a whole system approach. We will share learning and ensure that it informs practice across the system to support the contribution of sport and the physical activity sector to GM Moving.

Read this summary report from a sector event held in March 2021 which helped to shape the 2021-2031 GM Moving Strategy.

GM Moving works collectively with many organisations who contribute to GM Moving through sport and physical activity. This includes National Governing Bodies, Community Leisure providers, professional football club foundations, community clubs, charities, and private providers.

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National Governing Bodies (NGBs)

Sport England invest in National Governing Bodies (NGBs) to provide a range of services to encourage more people to play sport and be physically active. Find out more about NGBs and their role here. Read stories of the work of National Governing Bodies below.

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This Girl Can launches new group exercise classes

By Sport England | 06 December 2021

Our award-winning campaign has teamed up with EMD UK to create sessions for women that are low intensity, fun and great for all fitness levels.

Local Tennis Leagues in Manchester

By The LTA | 26 November 2021

Manchester Park Tennis League is for those who want to play friendly, competitive tennis in their local park or venue, we provide the platform to help you get started.

The FA launches Let Girls Play campaign on international day of the girl

By The Football Association | 11 October 2021

To coincide with International Day of the Girl, The FA has today launched a new campaign – Let Girls Play - which supports their strategic ambition to give all girls equal access to play football in school by 2024.

Community leisure providers

Organisations that work together as part of the whole system to improve the health and wellbeing of communities. The pandemic placed immense pressure on community leisure and sport organisations, and at the same time, drove innovation, collaboration and adaptation. Nationally and locally, providers are working to recover and renew, and here in Greater Manchester, to reinvent and respond focussing on community wellbeing and building back fairer.

Learn more about Greater Manchester Active, the collective of 12 leisure and community organisations from across Greater Manchester, here.

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Community Leisure: A pivot to active wellbeing in Greater Manchester - Part 2

By GM Moving / GM Active | 01 March 2023

Organisations are working together to respond to the challenges of the pandemic, and re-design systems, processes and services to support Greater Manchester's people and communities through public sector leisure.

Age UK and Bolton Arena launch new walking football programme for older people in Bolton

By Bolton Age UK and Bolton Arena | 27 January 2022

Age UK has launched a new walking football programme at Bolton Arena, for older people in Bolton.

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Community Leisure: A pivot to wellbeing in Greater Manchester

By GM Moving | 17 January 2022

Partners are working together to respond to the challenges of the pandemic, and re-design systems, processes and services to support the people and communities of Greater Manchester through public sector leisure. Discover their journey and learning so far.

Professional sport club foundations

These foundations work across GM and utilise the identity of their respective club to reach into local communities. They deliver a wide range of initiatives, focusing on improving health and wellbeing, raising aspirations and building stronger, more cohesive communities.

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Engaging young people differently through the Young People Forward project

By GreaterSport | 10 September 2021

GreaterSport working differently to engage organisations working with young homeless people across Greater Manchester.

Youngsters gain new life skills through Latics NCS programme

By Latics Community | 07 September 2021

80 young people from Wigan and West Lancashire took part in Wigan Athletic Community Trust’s programme during the school holidays.

Foundation 92 completes 11 summer camps across Greater Manchester

By Foundation 92 | 31 August 2021

Foundation 92 has provided over 8,000 free places on summer activity camps in partnership with Manchester City Council, Salford City Council, Bury Council and Trafford Council.

Community clubs and organisations, charities, and private providers

These organisations all provide great experiences for their participants and the their associated workforce. They enable local community engagement, and provide a range of opportunities for people to participate in activity within a safe and sustainable environment. Read stories of the work of Greater Manchester's community groups and organisations below.

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Green Spaces Fund Launch

By GM Environment Fund | 13 June 2022

The Green Spaces Fund supports community-led projects that increase the amount and quality of accessible, nature-rich green space in the city region.

How local clubs can get involved in the North West Mind Network

By GreaterSport | 30 June 2021

Two years ago,  Mind set up a North West Mind Network to support people to access positive mental health in sport and physical activity and local clubs play a big part in this.

Research reveals Covid impacts are most acute in deprived and ethnically diverse communities

By Sport and Recreation Alliance | 03 June 2021

Grassroots clubs from deprived and ethnically diverse communities face the biggest challenges in returning to organised community activity post-lockdown, research conducted by the Sport and Recreation Alliance reveals.